Tuesday, September 11, 2007

In Padilla interrogation, no checks or balances

This article brings our attention to the treatment (or rather the mistreatment) of terror detainees. Torturous acts of interrogation and abuse continue to be implemented and the United States Executive branch is allegedly turning the other cheek. Some prisoners who report physical abuse are guaranteed an investigation while other reports (the vast majority) are overlooked. Understandably, the state does not want to be accused of supporting terror and the people who advocate terrorism. However that should not make it permissible to violate the rights of the detainees by inflicting physical harm. Such oversights put us in as much of the wrong seat as are the terrorists themselves. And for what reason should one prisoner deserve an investigation of the matter and not another? Who should be held accountable for such issues within our government and how do we prevent these occurrences in the future?

1 comment:

Ryan said...

We will probably never really know what happened to Padilla while in military custody. Only a select few military officers know what happened and this is "in the best interest of national security." But this sets a dangerous precedent. There are possible violations of American law and others can also be in danger of having their human rights violated. Is there really a valid and objective way to evaluate this situation, especially when the executive branch makes it impossible to have access to the truth?